Arrest Report - Friday - November 17, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Friday, November 17, 2017:

Entries Being Accepted for Summerville Christmas Parade

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The Summerville Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Summerville Christmas Parade.

This year’s parade will be held on Monday, December 4th at 7 PM in downtown Summerville.  The theme for the 2017 Christmas Parade is “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas.”  There will be prizes awarded for the top 3 floats in this year’s event.  Top price gets $250, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $75.  Participant applications are available at the Summerville Recreation Department.  The cost of entry is $25.

Former Summerville Police Chief Passes Away

A former City of Summerville Police Chief passed away yesterday.  Roy Starkey was born in Trion but started his career in law enforcement at the Milledgeville State Hospital before coming back to Chattooga County.  Here, he served with the City of Summerville Police Department for 17 years, having been chief of police for 8 of those years.  His funeral is set for this Sunday.  All active and retired law enforcement officers will serve as honorary pall bearers.  Mason Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Summerville Man Busted with Weed in Car

A Summerville man was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning for possession of marijuana.

On Wednesday around 1:45 AM, a deputy on patrol on Mahan Road in Summerville pulled over the driver of a white Ford Taurus after it pulled out of the parking lot of Crossroads Antiques, which was closed at the time.

When the deputy ran the license of the driver, 23-year-old David Lee Wilson, E-911 reported that he had an active warrant out in Chattooga County related to marijuana possession.

When Wilson was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, he admitted there was less than an ounce of marijuana in a pill bottle in the center of the front seat. Wilson was arrested and booked into the county jail shortly thereafter.

Gas Prices Edge up in Early November

At $2.56, the national gas price average has increased nine cents inside of 13 days.

Strong fall consumer gasoline demand has continued into November and is chipping away at national gasoline inventory. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports total gasoline inventories dropped by 3.3 million bbl in their latest report.

“Compared to the first half of November last year, gas prices this November are on average 39-cents more expensive,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “However, while November gas prices have come in like a lion, AAA expects them to go out like a lamb.”

On the week, gas prices increased for the majority of states across the country. However, only four states are seeing double-digit fluctuations at the pump: Florida (+13 cents), Indiana (-13 cents), Alaska (+12 cents) and Ohio (-10 cents).

On the week, gasoline prices have increased an average of nine cents across the South and Southeast. With a 13-cent jump, Floridians are seeing the biggest change, but regardless of the increases, the region is still selling some of the cheapest gas in the country with, with gas the cheapest in the country in Alabama at $2.26.

According to, you can find the cheapest gas in the county for $2.29 per gallon at Murphy USA beside Walmart. Second-cheapest is $2.31 per gallon at both the BP beside Jerry’s Drive-In, across from the Summerville Scout Hut, and the Circle K on Commerce St across from the Fit Pit gym. Gas in neighboring counties is a touch cheaper, as low as $2.22 in Dekalb and $2.25 in Floyd.

Woman Reports her Ex for Pestering Her

A Summerville woman reported her ex last Sunday for calling her repeatedly and sending her “hateful” text messages.

The woman told a local deputy that she and the father of at least one of her children had been split up for around three months, but that ever since, he had been harassing her. She said that she believes that he is tampering with her property, and as examples she said that her mail box keeps getting knocked off, and that her daughter’s solar light was missing. The woman also said her ex takes pictures of her car and sends them to her.

A report was filed for documentation in case the woman decides to take the issue to court.

Rome PD Asking for Help Identifying Woman


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Rome Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman believed to have been involved in numerous forgeries in Floyd and surround counties.

She has been seen driving a white Nissan during all of the forgeries she is accused of committing. To report any information, contact Investigator Pete Sailors at 706-238-5118, or message them on their Facebook page. All tips may remain anonymous. 

Wetherington Found Not Guilty for Shropshire Murder

A Floyd Superior Court Jury has found a Dalton man not guilty of the murder and robbery of a Chattooga County man more than two and a half years ago.

28-year old John Henry Wetherington Jr. was charged in the strangulation death of 42-year old Nicholas Shropshire, who was found near the side of Floyd Springs Road on the afternoon of April 18, 2015.

Another Dalton man, 24-year old Eric Jordan Hunter, was also arrested for Shropshire’s murder.

Hunter remains in the Floyd County Jail awaiting trial.


Nearly 51 Million Americans to Travel this Thanksgiving

AAA forecasts the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in Georgia since 2014, and expects nearly 51 million Americans to hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving; a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2005, with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.

 “Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence. These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year.”

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.

Georgia Forecast:

  • Total Travelers: 1.4 million Georgians will travel 50 miles or more; an increase of 3.2% over last year.
  • Road Trip Ready: 1.3 million will take a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 3.2% over last year.
  • Flying High: 107,802 Georgians are forecast to take a flight; the most since 116,695 flew in 2007. The 4.5% year-over-year increase is the largest percentage increase among the three major transportation modes.
  • Alternate travel: 30,947 Georgians will travel by other means like trains, buses, and cruises.
  • Fueling up: Gas Prices in Georgia averaged $2.09 on Thanksgiving 2016. Prices this year are likely to be the highest since 2014.

National Forecast:

  • Road Trippers: 89 percent of all travelers –45.5 million– are planning a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 1.6 million people (3.2%) over last year.
  • Cheaper Airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013. View the pricing index
  • Fuller Skies: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at 5 percent, with 3.95 million travelers.
  • Alternate Travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.
  • Fueling Up: Drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014.
  • Holiday High: Car rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.

Travelers still hitting the road despite higher gas prices

  • Gas prices surged earlier this month. The state average rose 6 cents in 5 days.
  • Gas prices in Georgia are currently averaging $2.41. Check today’s state and metro averages
  • The state average was $2.09 on Thanksgiving 2016, $1.99 in 2015, and $2.71 in 2014.
  • Compared to last year’s holiday, it will cost the average motorist $6 more for a full tank of gasoline.
  • Gas prices in the U.S. are averaging $2.56.  Check today’s national average
  • The national average on Thanksgiving Day was $2.14 in 2016, $2.05 in 2015, and $2.80 in 2014.

“AAA forecasts Georgians will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, thanks to strong demand and high oil prices,” said Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director, AAA- The Auto Club Group. “Although it will be more expensive to drive to Grandma’s house compared to recent years, the current price at the pump is not high enough to deter Georgians from taking a trip. Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices.”

“Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump, ” Townsend continued. “Fortunately, oil prices are beginning to soften, thanks to growth in crude production and inventories; and wholesale gas prices are slipping due to high gasoline production. This should set the table for small discounts at the pump before the holiday arrives.”


Highs and Lows: Car rentals, airfare and hotel rates

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index:

  • Travelers taking to the skies will pay the lowest average in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes. At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year.
  • Travelers can expect to spend any ‘flight savings’ on car rentals. At $70/day, the daily car rental average is 34 percent more than last year and the highest rate for Thanksgiving weekend since 2013.
  • Travelers will pay more for AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels this holiday weekend. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176/night. Conversely, the average rate for a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel has decreased 5 percent with an average nightly cost of $117.


Georgians Beware and Advised: Traffic Hotspots and Best and Worst Times to Hit the Road

Based on historical and recent travel trends for the holiday week, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion during the early evening – as early as Tuesday of Thanksgiving week – as commuters mix with holiday travelers. At the peak of congestion on Wednesday evening from 3 – 5:15 p.m., drivers on Atlanta interstates could experience delays of up to 2x the optimal trip time.

“Thanksgiving has historically been one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and this year we could see record-level travel delays,” says Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”

AAA advises Georgia motorist to plan trips in advance and tune in to local traffic reports before they hit the road this weekend. Up-to-date information on weather alerts, traffic congestion and major incidents can be found at – Georgia Department of Transportation’s traffic management and traveler information system.


The 10 worst traffic hotspots during Thanksgiving week with the most congestion in Georgia are:  

  1. I-75 N @ CHASTAIN RD/EXIT 271
  2. I-85 S @ I-985/EXIT 113
  3. I-285 CCW @ I-20/EXIT 10
  4. I-285 CCW @ I-75/EXIT 20
  5. I-85 N @ GA-378/BEAVER RUIN RD/EXIT 102
  6. I-285 CW @ GLENRIDGE DR/EXIT 26
  7. I-75 S @ WINDY HILL RD/EXIT 260
  8. I-285 CW @ GA-260/GLENWOOD RD/EXIT 44
  9. I-75 N @ JODECO RD/EXIT 222
  10. I-75 S @ JONESBORO RD/EXIT 221


City Replacing Fire Hydrant

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The City of Summerville will be working on Highland Ave. this morning replacing a fire hydrant. The roads will be closed from Hwy 27 to Stockade Rd. and water could be off due to repairs. If you have any questions please call  Terry Tinney 706 859-0907.

Tractor Trailer Wreck at Cloudland

Be on the lookout for a tractor trailer accident on Highway 48 near the state line. A tractor – trailer has wrecked. According to Sheriff Mark Schrader there was one minor injury. Police and fire officials are still on the scene. Use caution if you are driving in the area

Arrest Report - Thursday - November 16, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, November 16, 2017:

SEFCU Merging with Peach State

Southeast Federal Credit Union will be merging with Peach State Federal Credit Union, after a vote by members of the credit union which operates a branch in Trion.

Southeast FCU members have approved a merger with Peach State FCU. This announcement follows a vote that was held at the Cornelia branch of Southeast on November 1st during a Special Meeting of Members. The financial merger, which has been approved by the National Credit Union Administration, is effective December 1, 2017.

According to a press release from Peach State:

This merger demonstrates a shared commitment on the part of both credit unions’ Boards and management to grow stronger and
remain highly competitive in today’s financial marketplace.

Southeast was chartered in 1976 to serve the needs of the employees of the Riegel Textile Corporation. Over the years, they have expanded their field of membership and currently serve more than 200 Select Employee Groups.

“Southeast’s decision to merge with Peach State was unusual but admirable because they truly didn’t have to merge,” commented Marshall Boutwell, President/CEO of Peach State. “The Board and management at Southeast took their members, their employees and their communities into consideration with this strategic decision. With an enhanced suite of products and services, they will be better positioned to have a greater impact on the lives of their members.”

John Fair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southeast, is looking forward to becoming part of the Peach State team. “This is an exciting time for our credit union,” he commented. “Peach State was an ideal merger partner because both credit unions share the same values and cultures—supporting local
communities and putting members first. In addition, the ability to provide our members with the latest technologies and a greater array of products and services will truly have a positive impact on how they achieve their financial goals.”

WATCH: Woman Takes Chattooga County Deputy's on Road Chase

A woman took Chattooga County Deputy’s and Georgia State Patrol officers on a high-speed road chase yesterday on Hwy. 100 and Silver Hill. She was apprehended safely, and there were apparently no injuries.

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The woman, identified on Thursday’s docket records as 58 year-old Margaret Ann Graham was arrested and booked into the Chattooga County Jail on a long list of charges including DUI for alcohol, failure to maintain a single lane, fleeing or attempting to elude, open container of alcohol, reckless driving and violation of a limited driving permit.


Over $400G Worth of Drugs Seized in Rossville

Photo courtesy of Catoosa County News

Over $400,000 worth of ICE meth and pot were seized in Rossville on Tuesday in what became the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force’s biggest bust since January.

According to Task Force Cmdr. Pat Doyle, on Nov. 14 around noon the drug task force searched a residence on 508 James St.

LMJC DTF Commander Pat Doyle said officers had to work quickly in this quick raid that began around noon Tuesday at a residence on 508 James St.

The 8 lb. of uncut ICE meth found could bring well over $350,000 on the street, and with the five pounds of high-grade weed also seized, DTF agents believe they seized over $400,000 worth of drugs.

39-year-old Danyale Renee Cooper and 39-year-old Todd Lee Harmon were arrested on the scene, and two guns were seized.

A Lukewarm Thursday Looking to a Warm, Soggy Saturday

Thursday’s weather should shape up to look a whole lot like Wednesday’s: after temperatures pick up from the high 40’s around 9 AM, they’ll hover around 60 for most of the day. When temperatures start to head back down for the night around 6, it should be just a touch chillier tonight than it was last night, getting down to about 38 F.

It’ll also be a bit windy around your noon lunch break today, getting around 7 MPH, but the wind will have all but stopped by the end of the work day, dropping down to 2 MPH for the rest of the night. Tomorrow will be more or less the same as today, but maybe just a little warmer and less windy.

Dark rainclouds will be moving in Friday night and Saturday morning to bring a hefty Saturday afternoon shower, with rain starting around noon and lasting until midnight. Wind could get as high Saturday as 15 MPH around 3 PM, and the rain should be heaviest around 6 PM.

Don’t forget that this is Winter Preparedness Week, and it’s the last week until we start moving into that bitter winter cold that always comes right around Thanksgiving. Be sure to be stocking up on emergency supplies and making sure all your animals aren’t out in the elements during the freezing cold Winter nights.

Paradise Gardens Membership Party

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PRESS RELEASE: The Paradise Gardens Foundation will host their Fall Membership Party this Friday night, November 17, at Paradise Garden. 

The Membership Party will be a Progressive Dinner in the Rolling Chair Ramp from 5 – 8 pm.   Membership fees (for one year) are $40 for an individual membership, or $75 for a family membership.

Enjoy delicious southern cooking and Local Artists in a mini Mistletoe Market. Come shop for one of a kind Christmas items and see the beautiful Garden at night!

Rome Man Arrested for Sexually Battering Child

38-year-old Rome man Jimmy Harold Duncan was arrested Wednesday after police said he sexually battereda 12 year-old girl.

Between January 1, 2009 and October 7, 2014, Duncan allegedly “intentionally penetrated with a foreign object the victim’s sexual organ or anus without consent”.

The incident(s) allegedly occurred at 4 West Point Drive in Lindale. Duncan is charged with aggravated sexual battery.

MES McTeacher Night Coming Up

Mark your calendars to be at McDonald’s in Summerville December 5, because from 5-7 PM, Menlo Elementary School teachers will be participating in McTeacher Night, and will help serve customers their favorite McDonald’s meals. Menlo School earns a percentage of the sales earned that night, and it can be a great way to support your local school while grabbing a quick bite to eat, or supper for the whole family.

CHS FFA Collecting Toys for Boys and Girls Club